Turner Prize to take a trip to Margate’s Turner Contemporary in 2019

Gallery has attracted more than 2.3 million visitors since it opened helping to regenerate English seaside town


The Turner Prize is on the move again, decamping to the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate in 2019. The high-profile contemporary art award is presented in alternate years at Tate Britain in London and at a regional UK venue. The Turner Prize was shown in Liverpool in 2007, Gateshead in 2011, Derry in Northern Ireland in 2013, and Glasgow in 2015.

“It seems even more fitting to host the prize here in Margate on the site where J.M.W. Turner was so inspired," says Victoria Pomery, the director of Turner Contemporary, in a statement. “We look forward to working with our existing and new stakeholders and colleagues at Tate on this exciting initiative.” Turner Contemporary has drawn more than 2.3 million visitors since it opened in 2011.

The 2017 Turner Prize shortlist, announced earlier this month, reflects the Tate’s recent decision to lift the age limit of the shortlisted artists. Since 1991, artists over 50 have been excluded from the prize, but this year’s shortlist includes the painter Hurvin Anderson, 52, and another painter and multimedia artist, Lubaina Himid, who is 62.

This year, the Turner Prize exhibition will take place at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the UK's current City of Culture (26 September-7 January.) The winner, who receives £25,000, will be announced on 5 December in a live BBC broadcast.